Nashville, Tennessee native and lifelong resident, James Kilgore (1919-2014) was an avid amateur filmmaker who began shooting film at age 14. He served in Italy during WWII and spent most of his post-war life working for the Department of Transportation and continuing to shoot home movies, and amateur travelogues and documentaries, and several narrative films throughout the following decades. Kilgore is believed to have been a member of the Amateur Cinema League, the oldest amateur filmmaker’s club in the United States and his zeal for the technology of film is evidenced by his use of sound and color film. Major themes in Kilgore’s work include short narrative fiction films, recordings of family travels and local events, documentation of his experience during WWII, and footage of his church’s works and activities.
(0:09) Camera pans down the dazzlingly lit tower of the Belle Meade Theater (http://nashlinks.com/BelleMeadeTheatre.htm). (0:29) We see a view of the marquee that reads “Grand Opening: Wed. Eve May 1st.” (0:39) Another marquee advertising advance ticket sales for Wednesday. (0:42) Another marquee: “On Screen: Charlie McCarthy in His Latest Hit” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Bergen). (0:45) Someone stands by the ticket booth and walks over to the front door to peek inside.
(1:01) Groups of men and women exit the theater. There is a camera set up to take pictures of them as they walk. (1:25) A group of men stand by the camera and discuss. (1:29) Another shot of the theater in the distance.
(1:40) A prop plane flies over an empty road and touches down in an airfield before taking off once again. (2:38) We get a similar shot of the plane crossing over the road and landing in the airfield.